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Confederate flag faces decisive vote

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The campaign to remove the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds marched forward on Wednesday, as the House of Representatives emotionally debated the banner symbolizing slavery and racism for many and Southern heritage for others.

Lack of people, supplies and money plague Ebola fight

NEW YORK — Three Ebola-stricken countries will seek nearly $700 million in aid at a U.N. conference this week to rebuild their devastated health care systems, the World Health Organization said.

S.C. Senate votes to banish Confederate flag to museum

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol’s grounds, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery.

U.S. military jet, small plane collide

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A U.S. military fighter jet and a small plane collided over South Carolina on Tuesday, authorities said, and the military pilot ejected safely.

Obama says he will visit Vietnam in the future

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from Vietnam’s Communist Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong to visit Vietnam, the Vietnamese leader said on Tuesday.

United States welcomes Afghan-Taliban talks

WASHINGTON — The United States welcomes talks between the Afghan government and Taliban, the White House said on Tuesday after Afghanistan announced it had sent a peace delegation to Pakistan for talks.

Cosby said in 2005 lawsuit he gave Quaaludes to women

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving the sedatives to young women in order to have sex with them, according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

U.S. only training 60 Syrian fighters

WASHINGTON — The United States said on Tuesday it was falling far behind plans to build a Syrian opposition force to battle Islamic State, disclosing that just 60 fighters were in training after U.S. vetting thinned the number of recruits.

Court stays inmate’s potential execution

CLEVELAND — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday granted an Ohio death row inmate’s request to stay his potential execution, saying lower courts failed to properly weigh his intellectual abilities.

Woman accused of leaving baby held on $500K bail

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Maryland woman accused of abandoning her 6-week-old daughter on a roadside and in a car seat carrier was in custody on $500,000 bail on Monday, police said.

Interim clerk named after predecessor exits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee county on Monday named a temporary county clerk after the person in the position resigned rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses that she said violated her religious beliefs.

Man arrested for planning attack on church

AUSTIN, Texas -- A 19-year-old Texas man has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a mass murder at a church where he had been kicked out of a youth ministry due to his erratic behavior, police documents made available on Monday showed.

Chicago’s Fourth of July rituals: fireworks, gun deaths

CHICAGO — Late in the evening on July 4 a haze of smoke from backyard fireworks hung over Chicago. Like kids all over the city, 7-year-old Amari Brown stood on the sidewalk enjoying the show - until the staccato burst of explosives turned into gunfire.

South Carolina legislature debates removing Confederate flag

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers on Monday began an emotional debate over legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by its critics as a symbol of slavery.

Hot dog contest has new winner

CONEY ISLAND — In a stunning upset on Coney Island, 23-year-old newcomer Matt Stonie grabbed the famed mustard-colored champion’s belt after gobbling 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the annual Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Cops launch social media campaign for lemonade stands

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Jack Hentzel, 9, cast a wary glance at his nearly empty lemonade pitcher. His ice, floating listlessly in a glass bowl on a table, was melting. His cousin, 7-year-old Joseph Navarro, was ready to retire for the day.

Overweight women need better pre-pregnancy counseling

Better care and counseling is needed to teach overweight women hoping to become pregnant about the health dangers of their excess weight and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, a new U.S. study concludes.

U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

HOUSTON — BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.